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Posted 13 December 2013 - 01:47 PM

An interview with Angel Laza, currently guesting with Canyon Concert Ballet.

 

Luckily, the Ballet de Monterrey welcomed Laza in with open arms, making him a principal dancer. After nine years there, Laza decided to continue to expand his experiences as an artist and came to the United States last year, but he said it hasn’t been easy. For a while, the man who spent his life training to be a professional dancer instead was cooking in a restaurant and working as a delivery man in an effort to send money to his wife and son, who are still in Mexico, as well as to his family in Cuba.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 01:49 PM

A preview of Smuin Ballet's "The Christmas Ballet."

 

A new creation by choreographer Robert Dekkers, "The Bells," is a wonderful addition to the classical lineup. Set to the traditional song "The Carol of the Bells," the piece demands speed, precision and extraordinary energy from its cast of three men and three women. The structure of the dance loosely follows the structure of the song, with the dancers moving between harmony, canon and unison.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 01:52 PM

A story on Lustig Dance Theatre's "A Jazzy Nutcracker."

 

This is a production that promises to swing in all sorts of ways, starting with the music – an original jazz score by Rutgers University’s Paul Undreiner, which was inspired by the traditional Tchaikovsky. Performances will feature live musical accompaniment by a jazz band.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 01:54 PM

A preview of the Liaoning Ballet in "Spartacus."

"This version is exactly the same as the version we staged at the Bolshoi Theatre. No changes whatsoever. The conductor is the principal conductor of Bolshoi, and the stage design- we did that in Russia and brought all of it here to Beijing," choreographer Yury Grigorovich says.

 

Yury Grigorovich says the work is seldom produced outside Russia, as it demands so much from the male dancers. He couldn't imagine that Liaoning Ballet only rehearsed for two months.

 

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

A preview of Columbus Dance Theatre's "Matchgirl."

In the tale, a poor girl sells matches on the cold street of a nameless city on New Year’s Eve. Trying to keep warm, she begins to light the matches. As her life ebbs, she sees visions of a glorious feast and of her loving grandmother. When the girl dies, she enters the comfort of heaven.

 

Almost 190 dancers and musicians will perform during the three concerts.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 01:59 PM

An interview with Noa Pierson of the New Jersey Ballet.

....Sabovick-Bleich even presented Noa Pierson with flowers on stage, the first time the younger woman danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in 2002.

 

The only time in the past 11 seasons that Noa Pierson did not dance the role was in 2009, not long after the birth of her son, Zachary Pierson. “It was so hard to sit in the audience,” she says.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 02:04 PM

Local artists petition the government after an alleged incident of political censorship involving Hong Kong Ballet.

The campaign was prompted by controversy in October over alleged "political censorship" of a production by the Hong Kong Ballet and Germany's Ballett Dortmund.

 

A sequence in which dancers in Red Guard uniforms were shown waving copies of Mao Zedong's "little red book" was cut from performances of The Dream of the Red Chamber after the premiere amid claims of political interference. Zhang Xiaoming, head of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong, reportedly attended the premiere.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 02:12 PM

A review of Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker.

 

 I must tell you I was quite transported: I had a fifth row center seat (heaven); the proximity to all that magic, fantasy, music, and superb dancing becomes hypnotic, almost an out-of-body experience. You want to get in touch with your inner child? This is the place. It matters not if you’ve seen it once, 50 times, or never. You think you’re not a dance fan? Go and surprise yourself. This may sound corny, but I’m very grateful to live in a city that offers such glorious entertainment.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:56 PM

A Q&A with Alison Roper, who is retiring from Oregon Ballet Theatre.

“There are definitely people who do it,” says Roper, of dancing till 40. “Within my sphere of acquaintances in dance work maybe a couple of handfuls. It’s not a lot.

“It’s not unheard of, but not the norm. Here, everybody retired. They’re all younger than me.”

 

Roper doesn’t plan to leave OBT. Instead, she’ll transition into administration. But, her dancing days are not done, yet.

 

 



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:32 PM

 LA Dance Project stages a site-specific  dance created by Justin Peck for a Van Cleef & Arpels party.

 

Millepied brought in and advised Peck, who created a new piece for this occasion. Moving the dancers around the newly reconfigured store was a challenge for Peck, who had never worked on such a site-specific, unusual project. “It’s sort of disorienting for me; there’s not really a proscenium front,” he said, referring to the framed stage he's used to at venues like Lincoln Center. “It’s more about presenting to a whole 360 degrees. But the space itself is really cool — it has this beautiful spiral staircase” — a new, sculptural element made of brass and walnut — “and warm lighting, and a wraparound mezzanine, so people could watch from there as well.” He was especially inspired by the new geometric details of the space — a nod, by design firm Jouin Manku Studio, to Art Deco architecture.

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:00 PM

A story on Craig Salstein and his company by Carla Escoda in The Huffington Post.

 

Salstein reflects on the quandary of today's top-flight dancers: trained by modern methods that enable them to perform at a technical level far beyond the demands of the corps de ballet in the classics, they compete fiercely to get into the leading companies, only to spend a great deal of their time standing on one leg next to a piece of scenery. Dancers understand they have to pay their dues, and are mindful of the honor and prestige of dancing with a renowned company, but the economics of the ballet industry guarantee massive underutilization of the majority of the professionals who are in it.

 

 



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:19 PM

A profile of Alabama Ballet's Michael Fothergill.

 

During his time with Alabama Ballet, some of Michael's principal highlights include leads in Giselle, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker,  Balanchine’sSerenade and Allegro Brillante, Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden, Agnes de Mille's The Other and Dracula by Alabama Ballet's Roger Van Fleteren.  An active choreographer, Michael's works have been performed across the U.S. and internationally. Last season, Michael created Weighted Rhetoric and Laid to Wrest for the Alabama Ballet, both to popular acclaim. 

 

 




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